The Ulster County Legislature is being asked to approve a $900,000 contract with an Albany law firm to provide legal services regarding labor relations, contracts and negotiations.The article goes on to say that Bernardo isn't accusing Hein of any wrongdoing, but that there could be an appearance of impropriety. For once, I agree with Bernardo -- this, despite the mind-numbing irony of such a statement coming from an elected official who has become virtually synonymous with cronyism.
The non-competitive contract was proposed by the administration of Democratic County Executive Michael Hein, whose election committee has received over $3,000 in campaign contributions from its principals.
The easiest way for Hein to eliminate any appearance of impropriety would be simply to return the $3000. End of story.